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RIVERS State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has criticized in the strongest terms, the protest embarked upon by the All Progressives Congress, APC. So criticizing was the chairman of the party, Brother Felix Obuah, who observed: The action was a new strategy, to put the rescheduled re-run elections in the state perpetually on hold, and to make up for its unpreparedness. According to Brother Obuah in Press statement, their ploy includes cooking up fallacies and spurious allegations, and using such as basis for state-wide protests against the July 30, 2016 concluding re-run elections in the remaining eight Local Government Areas of the state.” The State PDP boss said, he had before the discovery, wondered why both the APC and its candidates for the re-run elections, had not been campaigning like their PDP counterparts, but rather demonstrated complacency, remained unmoved and less concerned about the upcoming elections. The ploy, Brother Obuah noted, centred mainly on giving names and blackmailing some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who, they had not been able to buy over, wanting only compromised INEC officials, who would do their bidding, during the elections, besides making unguarded and provocative statements, against the PDP and its candidates for the elections. Such, the State PDP chairman further observed, was a sign that, the APC was not ready for any election, and rather than suffer defeat and disgrace, as usual, preferred the “vacuum status-quo” to subsist. “Unfortunately for them, we and indeed the Rivers people know better and cannot fall into such ill-conceived snare. We are ready as ever for the re-run elections and will not have the elections compromised in whatever guise,
whether by the APC or the INEC officials they are rooting for”, Brother Obuah declared. The state PDP chairman therefore urged all stakeholders, the Rivers people and the electoral umpire, INEC, not to be deceived by the new APC antics, but to join hands to ensure that the elections do not only held, but also conducted freely and fairly, as the only way to sustain the prevailing peace across the state. “May we also sound it loud and clear that nobody or group has the monopoly of taking to the streets rightly, or wrongly, to protest perceived injustice. Should the APC therefore make bold to proceed with the unnecessary protest against the re- run election, as a cover for not being ready for the electoral contest, the PDP will surely respond with even greater vigour. But suffice it to say that the PDP is fully ready for the elections, and will win, hoping that nothing funny will be allowed to scuttle the exercise next week”, he warned.

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